Cook Islands Diary: Day 758

Good Sunday morning, brossaz and sistahz

Cook Islands? Really? This is now truly a worldwide pandemic!

“It is with great sadness that I announce that we have just recorded our first in-country death attributed to Covid-19,” Prime Minister Mark Brown said in a statement Sunday.
“She had had all three anti-Covid vaccinations, but also had several serious underlying health conditions.”
The island nation had been remarkably free from Covid-19 until an outbreak of the Omicron variant emerged after it reopened its border to travellers from New Zealand early this year.
“It is tragic, but not unexpected that we might lose someone to Covid,” Brown said.
The Cook Islands Health Ministry said it has so far recorded 4,727 cases of Covid-19 of which 735 were active as of Sunday morning.
ยฉ Agence France-Presse

Wait, let me get that straight since I’m obviously too dumb to understand. So travellers from NZ schlepped Covid onto the islands. That same NZ, which reportedly was free of Covid since they acted so swift and adorably with a total lockdown n shit and did everything right and according to the WHO playbook. Still some people are Covid-19 positive. And exactly those people are let loose on an airplane or cruise ship, so they can carry their infection out into the big wide world. Right?

Into an ocean paradise, where the indigenous population rarely ever comes into contact with outside viruses. Where such a virus can kill of the whole population in a matter of weeks.

Oh, yes I know she had underlying health problems and most of us would take the infection like champs and maybe even won’t show any symptoms. Still … what were they thinking? Don’t we need negative test results anymore before embarking on international travels?

Can I ask a question please?


I hope none of you, dearest readers, have any travel plans that incorporate the fuxn Cook Islands. Coz right now the danger of getting clobbered to death by a falling coconut is far less severe than dying from a rather unsexy infection. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Kidz, stay healthy!


A death trap! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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